Before Monarch's the Epicurean, a project on the site was marketed as Kingsway Terrace, and before that as The Strand. No recollection as to who the developers were of the earlier ventures.
Was thinking that, too: that there needs to be a larger scale development to kick-start things here. It's just so suburban and blah. Thank God for the Humber Valley though. That's one of our favourite bike rides from Dundas down to the Old Mill.
I love biking through the valley through there too. (Only a monster wouldn't, I so declare.)
An anecdote from the meeting the other night: one resident proposed something that I thought was so bizarrely tone-deaf, it's funny. While the bike path is on the east side of the river between Dundas and the Old Mill bridge, there's a one-way southbound road on the west side called Home Smith Park Rd. It meanders beside the river, has speed bumps to keep people on it driving at a pace that acknowledges this is park space and not a through route, and it has a steep, somewhat narrow ascent at the south end up the valley walls towards Bloor. One resident stood up to tell the local councillor that it should become a two-way road to address traffic issues in the community… as if there are big traffic issues in the Kingsway neighbourhood.
There aren't really. Like in any part of town at rush hour, the roads are busy then, but line-ups at stop signs in the 'hood are not that big a deal. It's a residential area, cars shouldn't be speeding through. Meanwhile, this guy wants to turn a quiet, sub-standard park road in one of the most beautiful locations in Toronto into a new collector road bypass. Hahahahahaaaa. Nope.